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On Watch Newsletter March 29, 2023 Edition

On Watch March 29, 2023 Edition

March 29, 2023

On Watch Newsletter Edition March 29,  2023 



  • CMISA Updates
  • In the Spotlight
  • Technical Feature
  • Marine Sector News
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  • Procurement Opportunities
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Hello all,

Welcome to another edition of On Watch. It’s hard to believe when snow still covers our front yards that Spring is just around the corner, but surely the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway for navigation brings us hope of better weather.

This edition features another Québec-based woman in the marine sector, Triode’s Amélie Normandin, who speaks of the project management support that she and her colleagues provide Canada’s yards when they need it most. Part of a small, close-knit team, Amélie, like so many others in the supply chain across the country, is thriving. We are very pleased to highlight the many innovations of our members. If you are not yet a member, but would like to be, we encourage you to join here! If you know of others who might benefit from membership, please share the sign-up link.

We are pleased to welcome several new members. Graphite Innovation and Technologies Inc., provider of Canada’s leading marine coatings, Siemens Canada Limited Maritime,  who provide electrification, automation and digitization solutions, and Gaspé-based shipyard Chantier Naval Forillon, specializing in the manufacture and repair of vessels of up to 800 tonnes. We are also pleased to have partnered with Blue Sky Maritime Coalition which is bringing people together for a cleaner future. 

As you may have noticed, our job board is now self-serve and far less expensive! You are now able to post opportunities online without having to coordinate it with anyone. And due to that change, we are now able to reduce the cost to $49 per job per month for members and $99 for non-members. Please give it a try and let us know of any feedback. We are here to help. You will find the link to our job board here.

If you are reading this for the first time thanks to it being passed along to you, you are welcome to sign up for future editions here –  it’s free and we never share your emails with anyone. We publish our newsletter every two weeks and bring you news, procurement opportunities and features that pertain to our sector. Please take note of our Job Board and a) take advantage of it if your company has an opening and b) send links to friends and family so that we can attract new people into our sector. We all need the help!  

Finally, if you would like to provide us with feedback and input into items you would like to see covered in this newsletter, or if you would like us to create a unique member spotlight of your company, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Colin Cooke

President and CEO



Member Spotlight




Photo of Amélie Normandeau courtesy of Triode

Triode is a small Québec-based engineering and project management firm that supports companies tackling big projects with specialized product and process development. The Triode team brings a wide array of experiences to the table, from a variety of industries. As a fully Canadian company working on Canadian shipbuilding projects with yards like Davie, Groupe Océan, Forillon and others in the Maritimes, Triode is looking forward to some exciting years to come. Given the investments governments are making in shipbuilding, there are a lot of new projects to support.

What makes Triode unique is that the team seamlessly integrates into the client team and becomes an extension of the project management office. In a boom-and-bust industry like shipbuilding, having that expertise when needed most is an invaluable service. Triode fills the niche by helping companies when there is an overflow of work, and they require expertise in project management.

One of Triode’s project managers, Amélie Normandin, speaks of the excitement of working on large shipbuilding projects. The work, she says, “Is high volume and very quick and you have to be extremely focussed. There is so much new in terms of innovation and technology, especially green technology and emissions reduction. We are seeing the crossover from vehicle manufacturing to ship building now.”

Triode offers an exceptionally collaborative and friendly work environment, one that has kept Amélie there for nine years. For someone who thrives on new experiences, change and a wide variety of projects, the opportunities are compelling. The close-knit team also has a lot of fun together, as Amélie attests, and the company truly values and respects its employees. Triode offers interesting work for a Québec-trained mechanical engineer like Amélie, which she appreciates greatly.

As a new member of CMISA, Amélie notes that it is very positive for Triode to connect with large and small shipbuilders, and to have everyone at the same table. The visibility and connection are invaluable. We know that we will see a lot more of Amélie and the Triode team in the years ahead!

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Technical Information

Seawater-Lubricated Bearings Could Result in Reduced Underwater Radiated Noise, Says THORDON

Thordon Bearings has indicated a polymer propeller shaft bearing lubricated by seawater could generate significantly less underwater radiated noise (URN) than metal bearings lubricated by oil. The Canadian polymer bearings specialist says the low URN of a ship operating with seawater-lubricated propeller shaft bearings is one of the reasons why the arrangement is favoured by the naval, cruise and fisheries sectors.

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Recent News

Davie Closes in on Helsinki Shipyard Purchase

Davie, Canada’s largest shipbuilder, is in final negotiations to buy the Russian-owned Helsinki Shipyard, a facility hit by western sanctions.

Ports of Montreal and GSTS Launch AI Project to Reduce Carbon Footprint of Vessels

The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) and Global Spatial Technology Solutions (GSTS), a company that specializes in applying artificial intelligence (AI) to shipping, announced the launch of a new project to measure and reduce the carbon footprint of vessels using the Port of Montreal that makes the most of artificial intelligence.

Robert Allan Ltd. Accepting Applications for 2023 Scholarship

The Robert Allan Memorial Scholarship, created in1982 by a bequest, is open for applications until June 30. This scholarship is awarded every year to the most deserving Canadian students of naval architecture or marine engineering.

Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic (DIANA): Uniting Disruptors to Shape a Peaceful Future

DIANA leverages its acceleration programme and test centre network to bring start-ups together with operational end-users, scientists, and systems integrators to advance compelling deep tech with dual-use solutions for the Alliance. In preparations for the first challenge launch in 2023, NATO is building relationships with innovators, investors, mentors and potential teammates.

Tugboat Designs and Deliveries Abound

Eva, the first in a series of three Robert Allan Ltd.-designed Rapport 2600 tugboats was recently delivered to Suderman & Young Towing Company in Houston.

Europe Close to Sealing ‘World’s Most Ambitious’ Shipping Decarbonisation Deal

The European Parliament and Council have reached a deal on cleaner maritime fuels, asking to cut ship emissions by 2% as of 2025 and by 80% as of 2050. This would apply to ships above a gross tonnage of 5,000, and to all energy used onboard in or between European Union ports, as well as to 50% of energy used on voyages where the departure or arrival port is outside of the EU or in EU outermost regions.

The Impact on the Operational Profile of Different Ship Types and Solutions for Future-Proofing Existing

The IMO Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) is going to limit the real CO2 emission for sea-going vessels greater 5,000 GT from 2023 onwards. This paper intends to gives an overview of the CII basics and present some use cases for typical container vessels and bulk carriers. The respective operation was analysed and potential measures to improve the CII situation were evaluated.

Upgraded Missiles to Better Defence Ships Against Air Attacks

The Royal Canadian Navy is upgrading its missile defences against current and future air threats.

Thales Canada and COVE Invite SMEs and Start-Ups to Participate in Two Exciting Naval Technology Innovation Challenges.

Thales Canada and COVE are seeking proposal submissions for innovative naval maintenance and dockyard technology solutions, with awards of $175,000 per challenge.

Ottawa Misses Own Deadline on Inking Deal with Quebec Shipyard to Build Icebreakers

Ottawa has quietly missed its own deadline for finalizing an agreement with a Quebec shipyard so it can start work on replacing the Canadian Coast Guard's aging icebreaker fleet.

Minister of Transport Announces a New Investment in Marine Training for Indigenous Peoples, Northerners, and Women Through the Oceans Protection Plan

Through the Oceans Protection Plan, the Government of Canada is providing underrepresented groups with new training opportunities to strengthen Canada’s world-class marine safety system. An investment of nearly $30 million will extend the Marine Training Program for four additional years.

More News Here

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Coming Soon


CMISA Annual General Meeting 2023

Please don’t forget to register for the CMISA AGM and reception in Vancouver on April 17th, just before Mari-Tech! We are really looking forward to seeing many of our members there. All the details can be found here.

Date: April 17, 2023

Mari-Tech 2023

Evolution Through Technology and Talent--For thousands of years, people have used the water to transport cargo from one place to another. Naturally, with the advent of new technologies and growing workforce knowledge bases, the maritime industry has evolved significantly. However, as we progress further into the digital era, technology and talent are driving change at a rapidly increasing pace. The industry is not only seeing vast improvements in safety, efficiency, and environmental sustainability, but also many new opportunities and challenges for further growth.

Date: April 18-20, 2023

Canadian Women in Ocean Industries Leadership (CWOIL) Conference

The Canadian Women in Ocean Industries Leadership (CWOIL) 2022 Conference will take place May 9-11, 2023  at the Delta Hotel in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. The Conference will bring together 200+ ocean professionals in the ocean sector, including representation from equity seeking groups: 2SLGBTQ+ community; Indigenous communities; persons with disabilities; and racialized people.  The CWOIL initiative aims to attract, develop and retain a robust, diverse and inclusive talent pipeline that includes women from all origins to enable and accelerate Canadian innovation, research and technology development, and market and export leadership, in ocean industries.   From November 14 – 16, 2022, the CWOIL Conference will see further discussions that will formulate an action plan for ensuring more women become leaders in ocean industries. Additionally, there will be a celebration of current female leaders in ocean industries.

Date: May 9-11, 2023

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Evolution Through Technology and Talent

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Current Procurement Opportunities

NEW-Request for Standing Offer for Seasonal Installation and Removal of Floating Docks – HRM Parks

The Request for Standing Offer closes on March 31, 2023

Request for Proposal for Filter Element, Fluid

The RFP closes on March 31, 2023

Request for Proposal for Multiple Victoria-Class Spares – Valve, Safety Relief, Switch Box

The RFP closes on March 31, 2023

Request for Proposal for Hose Assembly, Nonmetallic

The RFP closes on April 3, 2023

Request for Proposal for Expansion Joint, Pipe

The RFP closes on April 3, 2023

Request for Proposal for Stem, Fluid Valve, Seat Valve, Guide, Valve Stem

The RFP closes on April 3, 2023

Request for Proposal for Valve, Ball

The RFP closes on April 4, 2023

Request for Proposal for 100 AMP ACOS Supplemental Part Kits EC 20180065

The RFP closes on April 4, 2023

Request for Proposal for ALSE – Life Rafts and Survival Kits

The RFP closes on April 5, 2023

Request for Proposal for Buoy Services – New Brunswick

The RFP closes on April 7, 2023

Request for Proposal for Filter Element Fluid

The RFP closes on April 7, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal Offshore Patrol Charter

The RFP closes on April 11, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Seal Kit

The RFP closes on April 11, 2023

Request for Proposal for Pressure Transmitter 0-200 PSI

The RFP closes on April 12, 2023

Request for Proposal for Placing, Lifting/Removal, Maintaining and the Servicing of Buoys in the Province of Nova Scotia

The RFP closes on April 17, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Installation and Servicing of Aids to Navigation on the Southern Lakes Yukon Territory

The RFP closes on April 19, 2023

Request for Proposal for Multiple-Class Spares: Kits

The RFP closes on April 19, 2023

Request for Information for VCM Solid Waste Handling

The RFI closes on April 21, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Underwater Remote Vehicle

The RFP closes on April 24, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Regulatory Drydock, Inspection

The RFP closes on April 26, 2023

Request for Proposal for In Water Vessel Cleaning

The RFP closes on May 2, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for EREP Large High Speed Sweep System

The RFP closes on May 8, 2023

NEW-Request for Proposal for Centralized Control and Alarm Monitoring Systems (CCAMS) for Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels (MSPV) of CCG

The RFP closes on May 19, 2023

Request For Supply Arrangement – Small Boats

The RFP closes on June 30, 2023

Request for Information for Naval Inshore Support Vessels

The RFI closes on September 1, 2023

Request for Proposal for Disposal of 25 Vessels at Campobello Island

The RFP closes on November 23, 2023

Letter of Interest/Request for Information for Marine Procurement Outlook Presentations Mari-Tech 2022

The LOI/RFI closes on December 30, 2024

Request for Supply Arrangement for Charter Vessels

The RFSA closes on December 31, 2029




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